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Blu-Ray Burner Comparision

Sony BWU-100A Blu-Ray Burner

Plextor is the latest company to get into the PC Blu-ray writer business with the PX-B900A burner. However, the privilege of owning one will cost you $1000.

So how does this drive compare with the other two offerings by Sony and Pioneer?

Plextor PX-B900A Features and Specifications:

  • Compatible with 25 GB and 50 GB Blu-ray discs
  • Will burn BD-R/RE media at 9 MBps, or 2X
  • Delivers 8X speed for DVD-Rs, 4X DVD+/-R on Double-Layer and Dual-Layer (DL) media, and 5X on DVD-RAM
  • Supports 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, 6X max DVD-ROM, 24X CD-R, 16X CD-RW, and 32X CD-ROM
  • Packaged with Ulead’s Video Studio 10 and Intervideo’s WinDVD BD
  • Price: $1000 – Available in October

Sony BWU-100A Features and Specifications:

  • Compatible with 25 GB and 50 GB Blu-ray discs
  • Capable of burning a full 25GB disc in about 50 minutes
  • Can read and write single layer 4.7GB DVD+R/+RW/RAM discs, 8.5GB DVD+R Double/Dual Layer Discs, and CDs.
  • 2x burning speeds for BD-R or BD-RE media
  • Bundled with the CyberLink BD Solution® that allows capturing, authoring, editing and burning high-definition personal content captured by a HDV 1080i format camcorder onto BD discs.
  • Price $750 – Available now from

Pioneer BDR-101A Features and Specifications:

  • Does not write to dual-layer 50GB BD media.
  • Capable of filling a a single 25GB BD-R disc in 45 minutes at the 2X max burning speed
  • Does not read or write to CDs
  • Supports 8x DVD+R and DVD-R
  • Price $1000 – Available now from Tiger Direct

Any way you slice it, Blu-Ray burning is not ready for the mainstream market at these prices. Currently, the Sony BWU-100A looks to be the best deal – but if you are looking to playback HD media discs on your PC, Intervideo’s WinDVD BD packaged with the Plextor PX-B900A will get the job done. (See Nerd Approved Article: HD DVD and Blu-Ray Won’t Work on Windows Vista)

TG Daily


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